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Inspire Fund – public engagement grant

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Application Deadline: 4 August 2022
About Opportunity

The Inspire Fund provides funding for projects that engage the public with the topic of dementia and the life-changing research going on into the condition.

Eligibility Requirements

We encourage applications from people, organisations and communities with ideas, passion and ability to realise innovative public engagement projects on the topic of dementia. From those within or outside the research community, those with a track record in public engagement and those looking to apply their skills to this important issue for the first time.

Through the scheme, we want to build relationships between communities and researchers, and are especially interested in proposals led by community groups or organisations.

We strongly encourage applicants to forge links with collaborators or groups to strengthen ideas. As we recognise that potential applicants may not have existing links or contacts, we will be facilitating relationship building through the applications process.

Projects can use a range of methods to engage with their audience. While in-person events and activities have returned after the initial impact of the COVID19 pandemic, there remain groups and individuals who are shielding or prefer online or remote engagement methods. We encourage applicants to consider their audience when selecting methods of engagement, to ensure people are able to take part.


Inspire Fund projects must engage with under-served audiences on the topic of dementia, such as minority ethnic communities, marginalised or socioeconomically disadvantaged groups.

They must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Build knowledge and engage the public with the topic of brain health.
  • Engage and create dialogue with people about the progress being made in biomedical dementia research.
  • Highlight the value of research volunteers and reduce barriers to research participation.


  • Bronze up to £5,000
  • Silver up to £15,000
  • Gold up to £25,000

Application Procedure

The first step in applying is to complete an EOI. In this short online form, applicants can outline their project idea. It does not need to be a fully fleshed-out proposal, but should outline what you would like to achieve, and what partners or expertise you are seeking to be able to deliver it. We are running two events during the EOI submission window, to answer your questions and help you meet potential partners. We encourage applicants to attend these ahead of submitting an EOI.

Official Website: Inspire Fund – public engagement grant

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